My wife and I attended Obama's inauguration last week and I put together a photo essay about members of the Peace Corps community who marched in President Obama's Inaugural parade. How did I get these terrific pictures? While my wife and I spent all day at the inaugural event itself, I had my DVR set to record the entire event. When we got back to Baltimore, we reviewed the tape to see things we'd missed and the participation of the Peace Corps community in the inaugural parade is something that meant a lot to me. Here's more information about the parade taken from an Obama campaign press release.
Organized by the National Peace Corps Association and the Washington DC Returned Volunteers, members of the Peace Corps community marched in President Obama's Inaugural Parade.President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee officially extended an offer to the Peace Corps Community and AmeriCorps Alums to march in the 56th Inaugural Parade.
In keeping with its commitment to hold inaugural events that celebrate our common values and reflect our nation's history of community service, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee officially extended an offer to the Peace Corps Community and AmeriCorps Alums to march in the 56th Inaugural Parade. Members of these service organizations will join representatives from across the country and our Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-elect Obama's swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol. "These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity and commitment to service," said President-elect Obama. "Vice President-elect Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade."
Members of these service organizations joined representatives from across the country and our Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-elect Obama's swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol. The Peace Corps Community included members who served with the corps in the 1960s to the present. Marchers carried the flags of the countries that Peace Corps have served over the years. AmeriCorps Alums will include some of the millions of alumni of national service in this country since John F. Kennedy's call to service and the conception of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in 1961.
By the way, special thanks to Alex Browning in Congressman Frank Lucas' office for getting tickets for my wife and I to attend the inauguration and having the honor of being able to represent the citizens of Ponca City at Barack Obama's inauguration.
It was something we would not have missed, to stand in the crowd with men and women who came from all over the United States to see the inauguration and bear witness to history being made. My wife says there was the same electricity in the air as at Lincoln Memorial 46 years ago when she listened to Martin Luther King give his "I have a dream" speech in 1963.
Thanks again to everybody who sent us their best wishes for the inauguration.